It’s hard to believe that in a week, we’ll be into the start of September. The year is whipping by me — especially summer! We got through our hurricane, which by the time it got here was just a windy rainstorm. I went out and picked up a lot of twigs and leaves from the deck. No branches came down. Good thing we cut off that one branch that was definitely going to come down on the deck.
I was too impatient to do the whole filling feeders and deck cleaning this morning, but they have plenty of food in the flat feeder. We’re getting low in feed and I need a week for new money to arrive before I go buy more. We’ve got the price down to about $48/month, but I have to be sensible about how often I feed them. I can’t fill the feeders every time they run low. There’s plenty to eat in the woods and although they like my stuff better, there are plenty of acorns and other seeds for birds, squirrels, and even the little chipmunks.
Since this is an oak woods, it’s acorn time. Every few years, our trees produce giant acorns as opposed to regular acorns. The giant acorns are about the size of walnuts and they dent the cars when they fall on them. There is some a cycle, but it seems to be about every third year, giant acorns come hurtling from the tall trees.
Squirrels? Listen up! There are millions of acorns out there. Go grab them. Store them for winter!
The squirrels have gotten lazy. It’s my fault. The birds too, but not nearly as bad as the squirrels. Have they lost their taste for quality acorns?
Can you parallel park (if you drive)? If you don’t drive, can you still skip?
When we lived in Boston, I got really good at parallel parking. Since we left the city, parking has been so easy I have lost my technique. Hope I never have to move back!
As for skipping, nope. Sometimes I forget what I can’t do and try to do it anyway. I am quickly reminded that I have well-defined limits.
Do you prefer early morning or late evening? Or something in between?
Evening, if you please, although I’m very fond of afternoons. Just not early morning. I am grouchy before noon.
Do you like avocados?
Yes. Especially just split with a bit of lemon juice and a hint of salt. Yum!
Is mind or matter more real?
It depends what I’m doing. If I’m trying to figure out if I have enough money to get through the month, mind matters. If I’m writing a story, I am pointed to…
Wait a minute. This doesn’t make sense. If the choice was mental versus imaginative, but mind over matter? Matter is, for example, my computer — and that’s where the calculator is. So I need my mind to figure out the numbers, but I need the calculator to put the numbers in place and see the result. I think this needs some rewording. I don’t think you can’t really separate these things. Whatever you are thinking has to be made real using some kind of tool, be it a computer or a hedge clipper. You think, then you do. Maybe back when someone made this “saying,” the world was much more divided between mind and matter — but these days? There’s rarely a clear line.
Are people in this current generation less or more sensitive than people from past generations?
To be fair, I’m not all that much in touch with a lot of young people. My granddaughter is a sensible young woman and I don’t think she is overly sensitive at this point in her life. She was when she was much younger, but we were ALL more sensitive when we were very young. Mostly, we grow out of it.
As for the rest of the generations? I really don’t know. I could take a guess, but it would only be a guess. I don’t like to assume that what I read on social media or the news summarizes the reality of a generation.
If you’d summarized my generation when we were all in our 20s, you’d have gotten a very different answer than you’d get now. Times change. We change with the times and with our individual experiences. And anyway, no generation is all alike. Really, the only thing you could say about my generation that was universally true was that there were a lot of us.
To my friends who offered to let us stay with them should the lights go out and stay out for any length of time. That was a very generous offer! Fortunately, we didn’t need the help but it was great to get the offer. It made me feel a lot better!